The Prospect Heights Neighborhood Development Council

Latest step in Flatbush Avenue traffic safety: Pedestrian countdown signals
Posted: August 18, 2010 - 2:32pm

As part of the city’s recent Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan, and as a continuation of ongoing efforts to improve the pedestrian experience on Flatbush Avenue, NYC DOT will soon equip all Flatbush intersections between Fulton Street and Grand Army Plaza with safety-enhancing pedestrian countdown signals. These signals are among 1,500 the Department of Transportation plans to install at intersections selected for their above average roadway width, unique layout, and high rates of accidents involving pedestrians. They count down the number of seconds remaining before the “flashing hand” turns solid red, and help pedestrians determine whether there is enough time for them to cross the street. Installation along Flatbush Avenue is set to begin in 6 – 9 months as part of a citywide contract and should be complete within a year. This effort is the latest in a series of area improvements that began with a resurfacing of Flatbush between Atlantic Avenue and Grand Army Plaza in May of last year. Since then, the corridor has seen the installation of new crosswalks and other pedestrian improvements at the Carlton Triangle; the prohibition of left turns from Flatbush to reduce congestion and improve safety; and, just last month, the alteration of signal timing to slow off-peak traffic and increase pedestrian crossing time. DOT expects the combination of these efforts and the new countdown signals to significantly increase improve the walkability of this rapidly evolving corridor.